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Do you know that red-eyed stare? The one that looks back at you from the mirror when you are up most of the night finishing a new book?
Oh, boy do I. As a mom of four, reading during the day is not very practical. Instead I wait till the kiddos go to bed and then out comes the latest book that I have wanted to read. I want to be entertained, taken to another place, kept on the edge of my seat. . .
Of course, I love and hate it when I can’t put the book down. What makes it that way?
Why are you able to drift off to sleep after reading a few chapters of some books and others keep you turning the pages until “The End?”
3 Tips To Adding Suspense To Your Novel:
1. Create Tension In Your Scenes: Conflict is adding obstacles to your character’s goals. But Tension is making them care, connecting them to why it matters that your character doesn’t reach their goals.
For example: If the heroine is searching for a woman who is missing and the latest lead in the case was a dead end, that is conflict.
Tension could be created by saying that the missing woman is the last person who saw the heroine’s sister before she disappeared. That makes us care, especially if the sister is a younger girl.
2. Always End The Chapter On A Cliffhanger: A chapter is a natural place for a reader to put a book down. If the end of each chapter leaves a reader hanging, they want to read just a few more pages.
The end of the chapter must smack with a dangling problem or mystery that drives the reader forward. If your hero/heroine could go to sleep without worrying at the end of the chapter’s events, so could your reader.
3. Surprise Your Reader With Interesting Details: Not every page can have the world ending, but you can weave surprises in between the big disasters to keep readers curious.
Reveal a new secret or detail about the hero/heroine, create a surprise in their relationship, or reveal a new piece to an unfolding mystery. Keep them curious for more.
What is one book that kept you up all night to get to the end?